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Brent Blackwell also writes for College Football By The Numbers at www.cfbtn.com.

Braves acquire James Russell and Emilio Bonifacio

August 1, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

Just before Thursday's trade deadline, the Braves traded prospect Victor Caratini to the Chicago Cubs for lefty reliever James Russell, utility man Emilio Bonifacio, and $1,000,000.  Let's take a look at each piece involved: James Russell The 28 year old lefty was a 3rd round pick by the Cubs in 2007.  He came from a…

Falcons acquire QB TJ Yates

June 19, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

  Today the Falcons traded LB Akeem Dent to Houston for QB TJ Yates and waived backup QB Dominique Davis. So much for my favorite trivia question: What Falcons QB led Boston College to their most recent ACC Championship Game appearance?  The answer, of course, is Davis, who became starter midway through the 2008 season,…

A Hypothetical Trade for Jeff Samardzija

June 15, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

News came across the wire yesterday that the Cubs were already involved in talks to trade Jeff Samardzija.  Granted, the rumor mill is exactly that, but among teams mentioned were the Atlanta Braves.  So, what would be a trade that could work for both the Braves and Cubs?  To find out, we have to answer…

Improving the Win, 2014 Braves Edition

June 10, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

What would happen if the practice of giving a W or L to individual players extended beyond just pitchers, and also involved a better process than just lucky timing?  Using WPA, I've assigned a W or L for every game in the 2014 season so far.  Let's see what it looks like: A breakdown by…

Falcons Draft: Round 5, #168: LB Marquis Spruill

May 23, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

For all the excellent value the Falcons got with the Freeman and Allen picks, they balanced it out with this one.  I'm not saying there's anything wrong with the pick, and it's really hard to consider any 5th round (or later) a truly wasted one, if the team likes the player.  And the Falcons clearly…

Falcons Draft: Round 5, #147: CB Ricardo Allen

May 23, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

At arguably the deepest single position in the draft, the Falcons nabbed the small ballhawk from Purdue, Ricardo Allen, with the 147th selection.  Like the Southward pick, the Falcons valued durability and experience, as Allen played 50 games in college.  Since 2000, no Big Ten player has returned more interceptions for TDs than Allen's 4.…

Falcons Draft: Round 4, #139: LB Prince Shembo

May 19, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

This one got a little more press than most 4th round picks, but it had more to do with Shembo's past at Notre Dame, where he was accused of sexual assault by a student who eventually committed suicide.  Granted, there's nothing conclusive there, so it's wrong to call Shembo this or that when it comes…

Falcons Draft: 4th round, #103, RB Devonta Freeman

May 19, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

I think most observers knew the Falcons would be seeking a RB in this draft, and their pick came when most of us expected it to - in the middle rounds, selecting Florida State RB Devonta Freeman. Freeman picked up 2731 yards and 31 TD during his FSU career, with 1294/15 coming during last season's…

Do umpires call strikes fairly on BJ Upton?

May 16, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

BJ had some unpleasant strike calls in the Giants series, and it even sparked some theories that because B.J. Upton has been less than stellar offensively over the last 12 months, he has an expanded strike zone and umps will call it a little less fairly. Luckily, this isn't something we have to guess at.…

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